A group called Unicode Consortium that handles usage of emoticons online wishes to upgrade and vary the emoticons in order for them to be more appealing to a wide number of users. They wish for the users to be able to send customized emojis according to the race or ethnicity of the person using them.
You will be able to assign skin color to the new emoji according to your preferences. New emojis in five different skin tones are being planned to be released by Unicode 8.0. Unicode Consortium plans to release more than 33 emojis by June 2015.
The proposal of the new emoji release says that:
”Of course, there are many other types of diversity in human appearance besides different skin tones: Different hair styles and color, use of eyeglasses, various kinds of facial hair, different body shapes, different headwear, and so on. It is beyond the scope of Unicode to provide an encoding-based mechanism for representing every aspect of human appearance diversity that emoji users might want to indicate. The best approach for communicating very specific human images—or any type of image in which preservation of specific appearance is very important”.
Users that wished for diversity of skin tones in their emojis are excited about this announcement and their wishes will be granted by June 2015. But as stated by the proposal the update will affect only single emojis. This will probably make people wish for the Consortium to diversify other emojis in the future, like the ability to add interracial couple emojis. The users won’t be able to assign different skin tones for each emoji in a group or couple character.
The diversity of emojis on smartphones will be able to deliver an improved experience and will probably make a lot of people happier.
Apple was contacted by MTV in March 2014 and asked about the absence of diversity in the set of emojis. Katie Cotton, who was vice-president of Worldwide Corporate Communications at the time, said that Tim agreed there is a lack of diversity in them. He said that their emoji sets are following the Unicode standard which makes them able to be displayed properly across platforms. Apple also stated that they have been working with Unicode Consortium to update the standard.